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Community Tasting Notes (86) Avg Score: 91.2 points

  • '94 California Cabs in Palo Alto (Palo Alto, California): (Tasted Blind, Wine B) Pours a fairly deep opaque ruby with minimal bricking. So much mint/eucalyptus on the nose. Also, dark cherry, spice, cigar box and black currants. This has aged slowly and is still leaning primary. On the palate; dusty tannin, medium minus acid with excellent dark fruit presence. Generally Bordeaux like but with more mint/eucalyptus and a slightly darker more primal fruit profile. Good. My #3, the Groups #1.

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  • May be slightly past its prime. Medium ruby color, mineral & plum nose. Still plenty of tannins. Medium body, no legs. Wouldn't pay current price for this, but I purchase from winery when released at a 50% discount so worth holding for 20 years.

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  • Double Magnum - Decanted for 2.5 hours = Classic California Cab that still had good fruit for a 20-year old wine. Perhaps it was bottle size that slowed the decline as these wines are considered over the hill but the wine was open almost immediately and was delicious throughout the evening.

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  • Color: medium ruby core -> light ruby rim with some bricking. Mature bouquet showing cedar, cassis, vanilla and some oak (not too much). Palate was silky smooth, well balanced and long with good acidity. Not particularly complex--lots of sweet fruit and oak--but very well made and pleasantly quaffable. These have shown tremendous balance from release onward; I don't recall them ever having a awkward or dumb stage. I'd have to disagree with those who think this is over the hill; still holding nicely from my cellar and time in hand. Enjoy now or into the next several years.

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  • My fifth bottle in four years with each one more over the hill than the last. Still nice on the nose. Got the usual, head-filling roasted vanilla mixed with mature jams and spices.

    On the palette, the spoonful of faded fruit and dash of zest are no match for the wood, which tastes as if the cooper had split it yesterday.

    Overall fond memories of this wine, but best days are clearly past.

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  • By Stephen Tanzer
    November/December 1998, IWC Issue #81, (See more on Vinous...)

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